The mission of the Social Justice Committee is to effectively address systemic causes and results of social injustice by involving current and prospective members and friends of First Unitarian Church in worthwhile efforts that align with our principles and church mission. The committee coordinates our social justice work and meets the 3rd Sunday of the month after the church service.

Co-Chairs:
Amanda Lynch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 740.361.1475
Don Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023

 

 

Activities Overview:

 

Interfaith Hospitality Network

IHN is our largest volunteer project. Since 2006, we have housed homeless families at the church three to four weeks of each year. About 70 volunteers from First and other churches provide meals, a clean bed, fellowship, and safe harbor for homeless families.

Contacts:
Faith Maynard, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.305.6703
 
 

South Avondale Tutoring

Volunteers from First Church are trained and serve as tutors for kindergartners, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:30 at South Avondale Elementary School.

Contact:
Liv Ramstad,
email, phone 513.543.9012


Shiloh Food Pantry

Volunteers from First Church provide food donations, volunteer labor, and financial contributions to the Shiloh Food Pantry in Avondale.

Contacts:

Tom Rohrer,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.518.9213
Joe Rohling, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.771-4586


LGBTQI Advocacy

The Unitarian Universalist Association recognizes First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati as a Welcoming Congregation. We welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Members and friends participate in the annual Cincinnati Pride Parade, and many members and friends advocate for gender equality.

Contact: Lois Gish,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.542.5587


Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.

Contacts:
Heather Zoller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 859.442.0011
Chuck Schneider, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.761.9331


Immigration Justice

First Church has held immigration dialogues and has hosted immigrants at Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) services. Many members and friends advocate for comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform.

Contact:
Don Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023


Peace Committee

The Peace Committee brings peace issues to our attention.

Contact:
 Don Sherman,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023


Refugee Committee

The committee supports refugee families from the Sudan and from Kosovo.

Contact: Jan Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.923.2137 


Carbon Footprint/Environmental Committee

The committee is identifying ways all of us can respond to the challenges of climate change.

Contact: TBD



Collaborations with Other Churches

The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati focus on social justice issues such as homelessness and affordable housing, and police-community relations in greater Cincinnati. First Church contributes to the activities of both groups.

Contact:
Lee Meyer,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.256.7577


The Faith Community Alliance of Greater Cincinnati

The Alliance provides a forum for the sharing of information and community action.

Contact:
Liv Ramstad,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.543.9012


Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO)

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio organizes justice seekers statewide to promote education, service and advocacy consistent with Unitarian Universalist liberal religious principles and to witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals. uujo.org 

Contact: Dan Schneider,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.561.0849


Carter Fund and Carter Service

This fund is a living memorial to Rev. W.H.G. Carter, the first African-American Unitarian minister in Cincinnati. The fund is replenished each year by a special collection on Martin Luther King weekend. Since 2001 more than $70,000 has been distributed to families and local non-profit agencies.

First Unitarian Church apologized to the Carter family in 2001 for ignoring Rev. W.H.G. Carter and his storefront church which served an urban black Cincinnati neighborhood in 1918-1939. The congregation recalls Carter’s pioneering efforts and his staunch Unitarian principles every year at a special service on Martin Luther King Day weekend. Click here for a history of the Carter reconciliation journey, for both the family and the congregation.

Contact: Ann Retford,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.793.1075

 

Cuba Connection

The First Church-Cuba connection is a developing collaboration between First Unitarian Church and groups of Unitarian Universalist sympathizers in Cuba. We have developed this connection through the leadership of Jorge Vila, a First Church member of Cuban heritage.

Contact: Jorge Vila, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.746.0618


For more information about the great working being done by First Church members and to learn how to get involved, please see our Social Justice Directory.

Upcoming Events
Youth Religious Education
Aug 19 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Aug 19 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Aug 20 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Yoga With Alexander Shelton
Aug 21 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Vespers
Aug 22 2018
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 26 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Aug 26 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Aug 27 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Yoga With Alexander Shelton
Aug 28 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 02 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Sep 02 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Sep 03 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Yoga With Alexander Shelton
Sep 04 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Sep 05 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 09 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Sep 09 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Sep 10 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Yoga With Alexander Shelton
Sep 11 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 16 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Sep 16 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Sep 17 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Yoga With Alexander Shelton
Sep 18 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Sep 19 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 23 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Sep 23 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Sep 24 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Yoga With Alexander Shelton
Sep 25 2018
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Vespers
Sep 26 2018
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 30 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Sep 30 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Oct 01 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Oct 03 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 07 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Oct 07 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Oct 08 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Oct 08 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 14 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Oct 14 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Oct 15 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Oct 17 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 21 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Oct 21 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Oct 22 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Vespers
Oct 24 2018
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 28 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Oct 28 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Rev. Connie Simon's Installation Service
Oct 28 2018
04:00PM - 06:30PM
Meditation
Oct 29 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 04 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Nov 04 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Nov 05 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Nov 07 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 11 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Nov 11 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Nov 12 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Nov 14 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
SJ: Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) Annual Justice Assembly
Nov 17 2018
10:00AM - 04:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 18 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Nov 18 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Nov 19 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Nov 21 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 25 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Nov 25 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Nov 26 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Vespers
Nov 28 2018
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 02 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Dec 02 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Dec 03 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Dec 05 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Women's Silent Retreat
Dec 07 2018
06:00PM - 05:00PM
Women's Silent Retreat
Dec 07 2018
06:00PM - 05:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 09 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Dec 09 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Women's Silent Retreat
Dec 07 2018
06:00PM - 05:00PM
Meditation
Dec 10 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Dec 11 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 16 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Dec 16 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Dec 17 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Dec 19 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 23 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Dec 23 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Dec 24 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Vespers
Dec 26 2018
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 30 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Dec 30 2018
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Dec 31 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 06 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Jan 06 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jan 07 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 13 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Jan 13 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jan 14 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 20 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Jan 20 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jan 21 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 27 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Jan 27 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Jan 28 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Feb 03 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Feb 03 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Feb 04 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Feb 10 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Feb 10 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Feb 11 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Feb 17 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Feb 17 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Feb 18 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Feb 24 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Feb 24 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Feb 25 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 03 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Mar 03 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Mar 04 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 10 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Mar 10 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Mar 11 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 17 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Mar 17 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Mar 18 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 24 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Mar 24 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Mar 25 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 31 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Mar 31 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Meditation
Apr 01 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Apr 07 2019
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Sunday Service
Apr 07 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Apr 08 2019
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Apr 08 2019
11:30AM - 12:00PM

Our 7 UU Principles:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.